R&B has lost a legend.
Bobby Womack, 70, has died, confirms a rep from his XL Recordings label to the Rolling Stones. The cause of death is unknown, but according to reports, his health has suffered immensely in recent years; he was treated for colon cancer, and in 2013, he told fans he had "signs of Alzheimer’s".
With a career spanning over six decades, Womack has worked with top musicians like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone to Damon Albarn and Gorillaz. Some of his hits include “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” “Across 1010th Street,” “Woman's Gotta Have It,” and “California Dreamin’”.
Hip-hop stars like Kanye West, Jay Z, and Rick Ross are a few of the artists that have sampled Womack’s music.
“I am sad to hear of the passing of my long time friend Bobby Womack. He was a special person with a special talent. I will truly miss him,” wrote Ron Isley on Twitter.
R.I.P. and Thank you Mr. Womack!